On June 30, Pilatus dealer for the British Isles Oriens Aviation handed over a new PC-12 (S/N 1717) to its new owner, Irish businessman and entrepreneur Neil Armstrong, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.
Edwin Brenninkmeyer, CEO of London Biggin Hill Airport-based Oriens, said “Goodwood is a beautiful airfield and [with its grass runways] what this aircraft is all about.” First-time aircraft owner Armstrong, who is not a pilot himself, said he had done a lot of research into possible aircraft types, including small jets and twin turboprops, but the PC-12 stood out for him: “It was the only one that ticked all the boxes. It is versatile, robust and can land on grass and gravel.” He added that “the low depreciation rate was a major factor too.”
The aircraft will be based at Leeds Bradford Airport, near Armstrong’s family home, and a typical trip will be to the island of Jersey, where Armstrong’s family trust is based. His family was also on hand to enjoy the handover. Armstrong’s wife, Brid, specified the interior. Oriens will crew the aircraft with one pilot (or two for longer trips) and provide other assistance.
Goodwood Aerodrome is investing in a dedicated line support facility for PC-12s.